KENT COUNTY, Mich. — The Kent County Board of Commissioners approved a $2.2 million funding request for body cameras and in-car cameras for the Kent County Sheriff's Office.
The request was made by Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young, according to a press release. The money will go toward outfitting all 200 officers in the sheriff’s office with body cameras, adding that all 83 cruisers will receive new cameras as well.
“This investment will allow for greater transparency for the residents in our community,” LaJoye-Young said. “Body cameras offer real-time information about what happened on a call for service or with any public contact. Plus, the footage from these calls can be used in training and monitoring exercises to strengthen the performance of our law enforcement officers in the field.”
Officers will be equipped with the new cameras during the first quarter of 2021.